Public Health

 Renville County Public Health provides a broad range of services to individuals, families and communities to:

  • Promote a healthy and safe community,
  • Prevent illness, disease and injury, and
  • Protect and enhance the health of those who live, work, learn and play in Renville County.

Renville County Public Health was first established in 1916. The department continues today with the goal of “making a difference” to the people and communities we serve.
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COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, that can spread from person to person. COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, and can include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills and shaking from chills, muscle aches and pains, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, and/or loss of smell and/or taste. 

The BEST things that you can do is:
                 •  Stay home if you are sick;
                 •  Practice physical distancing, staying 6 feet apart from others;
                 •  Wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face;
                 •  Cover your cough;
                 •  Wear a face mask in indoor public spaces, and outdoors when not able to physically distance.

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Someone you came in contact with tested positive for COVID-19. Now what? Click here to learn what to do.

COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Calculator (credit to Ottertail County)https://ottertailcountymn.us/content-page/covid-19-health-information/covid19-calculator/      

COVID-19 Vaccine Data dashboard: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/data/index.jsp

COVID-19 Weekly Update, including data for schools K-12:  https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/stats/index.html

To view Renville County's Emergency Operations Center Newsletter, click here.

For a list of essential resources serving Renville County residents during COVID-19, click here.

Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota, including a link to all Executive Orders from Governor Walz: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/action.html
          - Violations questions: sahviolations@state.mn.us 

For the most up-to-date information, please visit:
Minnesota Department of Health: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
          -Minnesota COVID-19 Response: https://mn.gov/covid19/
or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Minnesota Department of Health hotline to call with health questions: 1-800-657-3903

Guidance on Safely Reopening MN Businesses: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/businesses.html
          - Includes a link to the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan template
          - Individual sections for guidance of different businesses and events

Department of Human Services (DHS) Statewide hotline for child care providers: 1-888-234-1268

Discrimination Helpline: 1-833-454-0148  -or complete an online form here: MN Department of Human Rights

Public Health has diverted many staff to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Operations.

  • WIC continues to provide services. All appointments are conducted over the phone. Call 320-523-3762 for an appointment. If you have height, weight, or hemoglobin documentation that staff has requested, please email it to WIC@renvillecountymn.com or text it to 320-522-2912. If your provider is sending the documentation, please have it faxed to 320-523-3749 or emailed.
  • Home Health continues to accept referrals on a case-by-case basis. Please call 320-523-2570.
  • Environmental Health continues assuring safe foods for restaurants and schools. Inspections and complaints investigations continue, as well as informationa dn support. Call 320-523-2570 with environmental health questions or concerns.
  • Family Home Visiting Nurses will conduct most visits over the phone, unless an in-person visit is requested by a medical provider or parent.

Families & Children
Home visiting and programs for parents and children’s health, Pregnancy and birth, Parenting education. Car seats. Concerns with child development.
Food Shelf
Details about Renville County Food Shelf.
Home Health Care
Renville County Public Health is a Medicare-certified home health care agency which provides nurses, home health aides and therapies to keep you safe in your home.
WIC Nutrition Program
Information regarding the Women, Infant and Children Nutritional Supplemental Food Program.

School Health
Information for your children at school. Contact information for each school.

Senior Services & People with Disabilities
Case management, Long Term Care Consultation: MnCHOICES, Resources in the community.
Environmental Health & Licensing
Licenses for food, special events, pools, lodging, campgrounds, manufactured home parks, tobacco. Mold, Radon, Healthy homes, Food-borne and Vector-borne illnesses.

Local Health Data
Statistics and data on local and regional public health issues. Includes local Community Health Assessment.
Disease Prevention & Control, Immunizations, Refugee Health 
Diseases and conditions, Seasonal flu, Immunizations, Tuberculosis, Prescription drug disposal, Reporting diseases or illnesses.

Emergency Preparedness & Public Health Emergency Reporting  
Individual and family preparedness, Emergency response programs, Reporting public health emergencies.

Healthy Living
Nutrition, Lifestyles and physical activity, Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), Drug Free Communities.
Links to information for our programs as well as from our partner resources, such as the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.


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Local Public Health Act – Minn. Stat. 145A